Pastor Brad was born in California and moved to the Chicago suburbs when he was four. He attended Schaumburg High School and did undergrad work at Northern Illinois University where he majored in Finance and Marketing. This turned into a 14-year career in community banking during which he fell in love with ministry as a lay youth director for a small CMA church. He pursued seminary education at Trinity Divinity School in Deerfield, IL where he ultimately received his Masters of Arts in Religion. Brad was a part-time High School Ministry Director for New Song Church in Bolingbrook and ultimately became their full time Youth Pastor where he served on staff a total of six years. Brad was led to his position here at Hope in the fall of 2007. Hobbies include sports, movies, music (both listening, and playing bass) and spending time with his wonderful bride since 1986, Valerie. Brad and Valerie have three children, Ty, Cassi and Cory.